Shower Doors - Combining Looks and Functionality
Shower doors can be made in virtually any shape or size and with a variety of finishes to suit your bathroom design. No more standard restrictions to adhere to.
The only determining factor would be the size and shape of your shower stall, but to optimize space you may want to consider the following options:
The sliding door, bi-fold door and corner sliding doors all offer easier access, especially needed where space is limited.
A pivot door or swing door may offer a wider entry, but you need extra space in the bathroom for the arc of the door.
A spiral shaped shower or a shower with a curved entrance won't need a shower door at all. A variation on this is a simple glass screen - open at both ends - but generous in size so that hardly any water will splash outside the shower area.
This is not the same as a wet room where there are no partitions and waterproofing the area may also be easier than in a wet room.
A frameless glass door and enclosure is so popular today for a variety of reasons:
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Questions on how to clean glass showers and doors are constantly raised.
Shower glass can be protected with a sealant that helps to prevent corrosion of the glass, maintaining the beauty of the glass and making it easier to clean. There are a couple of patented products or registered trademarks that claim to do this - ask your glass supplier.
Many people find using a squeegee right after showering an easy way to keep glass clean. Some also recommend the use of a product such as Rain-X (to keep windshields clear of water) as very efficient to prevent droplets and stains from forming.
A natural cleansing agent such as white vinegar (diluted in water) is reported to be an effective cleaner for glass surfaces.
Visit our page on Bathroom Doors for more ideas on how to plan your layout.
Our Bathroom Layouts page has practical suggestions to assist you with your bathroom floor plans.
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